Financial Need and Cost

While some financial aid funds can be awarded without regard to a student's financial situation, students must demonstrate "financial need" to qualify for assistance from "need-based" programs.  They do not necessarily have to be from a low-income family.  "Need" is the difference between the cost of attending Bloomsburg University and what the student and/or family can contribute as calculated by a financial aid formula that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

When estimating how much students and their families may be able to contribute, a need analysis considers the student's and family's income and assets, including savings; the student's and family's ages and need for retirement income; the number of children or other dependents in the household; and the number of family members in college.  Students are expected to contribute something from their savings and earnings.

The student expense budget is the total cost of attending college.  This depends upon whether students live at home, in a campus residence hall, or off campus.  These estimated annual (fall/spring semesters) costs are subject to change without notice and are dependent upon the action of the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education and the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees.

2020-2021 Academic Year
Estimated Annual Expenses
Full-Time Undergraduate
(12-18 Credits per Semester)

Pennsylvania Resident
Room (Double)
Board (19 Meal)
  • For detailed information on undergraduate tuition and fees please see undergraduate fees page.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all graduate/doctoral students, regardless of the number of credits for which they are enrolled, will be billed at the per credit rate. For detailed information on graduate/doctoral tuition and fees please see graduate fees page.
  • In addition to the costs for tuition, fees, room, and board, students will incur costs for books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous educational expenses.  BU expects these annual expenses will be approximately $4,600 for Pennsylvania undergraduates.